First Hit #1: September 8, 2007
There was a different song called Big Girls Don’t Cry. It was by The Four Seasons, and has absolutely nothing to do with Fergie, who is determined to prove she has range by breaking out an acoustic guitar. To be fair, she does have range, even if she’s singing a song that seems like it should be sung by someone a bit younger. It’s not being ageist really, it’s just a pretty juvenile song, lots of references to childhood, playgrounds, general little kid things, and there’s a sense that maybe as a grown-ass woman she should be a bit less focused on something so young – it feels like a song written for an up and coming teen sensation rather than an established artist. Still, even if it feels like a coming of age song she explores range that she has been content to just hide in the rest of her career, proving that she’s more than just the Black Eyed Peas’ token woman and that she is a pop star with range and ability.
Her actual personality proves to be somewhat elusive, which is always a danger when you do a complete break from an established sound, and putting the Fergie singles together I have no idea what her perspective as a performer actually is – this somehow came off the same album as London Bridge – but at least she’s capable of doing a pretty decent ballad, and even if she feels like a collection of influences rather than an artist in her own right – I had no idea this was a Fergie song for years – she’s at least capable of making a compelling hit.